Goals Soccer Centres’ takeover fails

Goals Soccer Centres’ takeover by one of Canada’s biggest pension funds fell through yesterday after shareholders narrowly rejected the offer, sending the stock down as much as 24 per cent. Goals Soccer said 71.4 per cent of independent shareholders voted in favour of the £73.1m offer. The deal needed the support of three-quarters of its independent shareholders to go through. Analysts say an offer from a new bidder is unlikely.